Cambodia Deals with its Past: Collective Memory, Demonisation and Induced Amnesia

  title={Cambodia Deals with its Past: Collective Memory, Demonisation and Induced Amnesia},
  author={David P. Chandler},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={355 - 369}
  • D. Chandler
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Political Science
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
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